People across the US, and the world over, come to the Madawaska Four Corners Park to enjoy the view and
facilities, with a few even wondering how all this came about. Here’s our story from when the park was just an
idea …through some harrowing times, when it all seemed a lost cause…to how it has recently doubled in size,
After finishing the SCMA’s Four Corners Tour with my wife, Diane, in 2000, I thought that we might be able to bring
tourism to northern Maine by popularizing this tour. Prior to that, the problem had always been: what would
bring people so far north? They would need a reason. As an AMA member tasked with protecting the future of
motorcycling and promoting the motorcycling lifestyle, I thought: what better way can we accomplish this than by
creating the only motorcycle park in the world that honors the riders of long-distance motorcycling. They, in turn,
would buy granite pavers to commemorate their achievement and that would pay the expenses incurred running
So, by 2004, we thought we had all bases covered. We organized a meeting for the general public and presented
our plan. A lot of people wanted it, saw value in it but were afraid that it would never get off the ground. As
president of the meeting I had to convince them the plan was solid and would succeed. We contacted
Fraser Papers, which had a piece of land next to McDonald’s, to see if they would donate it for the cause. They
said they would. With that accomplished on a handshake, we started raising funds to buy a 12-foot tall granite
monument costing $10,000. Well, we succeeded in raising those funds soon enough, and we purchased the
monument, which we then installed on the donated land (whose deed had yet to be transferred to us).
A few months later, unfortunately, Homeland Security contacted us and said that we needed to find another
place for the monument, since they needed the Fraser property for a border crossing they wanted to build. At that
point, we had no other property for a park nor a place for the monument. As a temporary measure, we convinced
our postmaster to let us install the monument in front of the post office; but that still left us without an actual park.
At about that time, the town of Madawaska came to the rescue and offered us a piece of land, if we would pay the
back taxes on it.
I told my wife, “If I don’t use my own money to buy the property, someone else will. And where could we find a
better place for the park?” So I assembled a group of civic-minded individuals and started our association, set up
as a 501(3) non-profit organization, with a president, a secretary and directors. I brought the offer to buy the land
at one of our meetings and, surprisingly, one of the directors said he would help me purchase it, if the
association would reimburse the both of us when sufficient funds became available.
In 2008, I contacted one of my friends who owns a construction company, Ed Pelletier and Sons Construction, and
asked if they could, in some way, help with providing machinery to help build the park. The response was ,
“What do you need?” I told them, “Bulldozers, dump trucks, pay loaders, etc.” They said, “We’ll be there
tomorrow morning.” And true to their word, they came, donating their time and machinery carting away the rubble
and grading the grounds. At that point, the Madawaska Four Corners Park had begun. Soon, volunteers came
from all over and worked long hours installing a base for the monument, flagpoles, signage, the substructure and
frame for the fountain, etc., with one of the electricians even donating his services to wire the park. And,
suddenly, we had a park for the townspeople to enjoy, as well as a tourist attraction for the local economy.
In 2012, Charles Lamb from Richmond, Virginia, (one of the benefactors of the park on many previous occasions)
e-mailed me a challenge that he would contribute $35,000 dollars towards buying the abandoned building next to
the park, which I had mentioned to him as my next project ,we needed a parking lot. His only condition was that I
would have to raise the other $35,000. I told him the population of Madawaska is only around 3500, so
that would be quite a task. But I took the challenge and started sending letters to friends and motorcyclists across
country in a massive fund-raising drive. After all was said and done, I had collected $35,900 to match Charles’
contribution. When I called him with the good news, he said proudly, “Joe, the check’s in the mail."
So, that much sooner than we’d thought possible, we bought the land with the house on it. Since we had no use
for the building and did not have the funds to demolish it, nor could we count on Ed doing more than he
had already done, we thought up another win-win situation by donating it to the Four Seasons Lodge, another non-
profit organization, if they would tear it down, saving the wood, windows and doors for a badly needed garage they
wanted to build. Once the building was removed, the grounds prepared and paved, we had our new parking lot.
That’s our story so far. Since we are so far north and want to accommodate tourists properly we are now in the
process of building a Welcome/Information Center with a clean handicap access restroom so our visitors do not
have to look down into a porta-potty. lol
Donations can be sent to Madawaska Four Corners Park, P.O.Box 261, Madawaska Maine 04756.
c/o Welcome / Information Center .
We are a 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization
Federal ID #20-1689127
Please indicate if you would like a receipt for tax purposes